2018 State Coaches announced

The 2018 coaching panels for the 19/U and 17/U Victorian teams have been announced ahead of the first round of trials this Sunday.

2017 19/U Head Coach, Kaylea McQuade, returns for 2018, and her team will be looking to defend their 2017 Championship victory.

Joining McQuade in the 19/U Coaching panel is Melanie Savage (Assistant Coach) and Tegan Hopkins (Apprentice Coach).

Savage comes off a successful 2017, seeing the Geelong Cougars 19/U Victorian Netball League team to a premiership. She was also 2017 Assistant Coach for the 17/U team at the National Championships, who lost narrowly to South Australia in the Grand Final, 26-25.

Jacinta Todd returns as Head Coach of the 17/U team, looking to improve on the narrow Grand Final loss.

Todd heads a new-look 17/U Coaching panel, with Sarah Hogan (Assistant Coach) and Belinda Lees (Apprentice Coach) joining for 2018.

In 2018, the Talent Squad Tier 2 program will run alongside the state team, giving more athletes the chance to receive specialist training, experience a high-performance environment. This will also provide more opportunities to players and coaches.

The coaches for the Tier 2 programs are Adam Sloan (19/U) and Guy Keane (17/U).

Selections for the teams will begin this Sunday, with the National Championships to be held in Adelaide in April 2018.


Victorian 19/U Team

Head Coach: Kaylea McQuade

Assistant Coach: Melanie Savage

Apprentice Coach: Tegan Hopkins

Team Manager: Jannelle Graham

Physiotherapist: Caroline Cleary

Masseur: Shaun Whannaga

Strength and Conditioning Coach: James Foord


Victorian 19/U Tier 2 Team

Head Coach: Adam Sloan

Assistant Coach: Lyndell Bruce


Victorian 17/U Team

Head Coach: Jacinta Todd

Assistant Coach: Sarah Hogan

Apprentice Coach: Belinda Lees

Team Manager: Karen Saddleton

Strength and Conditioning Coach: Russell Boyle


Victorian 17/U Tier 2 Team

Head Coach: Guy Keane

Assistant Coach: Eliza Allan